It is sad that Newman University felt compelled to cancel a Constitution Day event with Kansas Supreme Court Justice Carol Beier after some people who oppose abortion made “unsettling” comments on social media. Beier, a Wichita native, had been invited by a student history club to discuss the Kansas Constitution and such topics as how to get into law school, what it is like to be a judge and what role judges play in the judicial system. But that apparently was beyond the pale for some people, who weren’t even Newman students. Some of their comments were so ominous that the university grew concerned about the safety of Beier and its students. Diana Stanley, the president of the history club, considers civil discourse one of the bulwarks of a free society. “I find disappointing that in our current political climate, even a lecture on the Kansas Constitution is considered controversial,” she said. Disappointing, indeed. – Phillip Brownlee
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